PAED4409 Evidence-based Medicine

6 points
Not available in 2020OnlineOnline
This unit includes (1) an introduction to evidence based medicine; (2) randomised control trials (RCTs); (3) non-RCT studies (case control and cohort studies); (4) comparing RCTs with non-RCTs (observational studies); (5) systematic reviews; (6) biostatistics 1: types of data, distribution (normal versus skewed), measures of dispersion, P values and confidence intervals (reading material only); (7) biostatistics 2: analysis of continuous variables: t test, Wilcoxon rank-sum test or Wilcoxon–Mann–Whitney test, ANOVA (analysis of variance); analysis of categorical variables: chi squared test, odds ratio, relative risk (reading material only); (8) biostatistics 3: regression analysis: logistic, linear, univariate, multivariate, meta analysis using RevMan (practical demonstration); (9) how to read a paper; and (10) how to write a paper.

The unit aims to develop students' ability to design, conduct and critically appraise clinical research, and to present their research at scientific meetings/conferences and report it to a level suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals.
Students are able to (1) describe the hierarchy of evidence; (2) describe common study designs for clinical research; (3) understand commonly used methods for statistical analysis; (4) understand systematic review of the literature to answer clinical questions; (5) understand how to critique a research manuscript; and (6) understand the principles of effective communication (presentation and publication) of research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a tutorial presentation; (2) a written assignment; and (3) a two-hour essay examination at the end of the semester. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019_ONLINE [SEM-1_2019_ONLINE]
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